JOHANNESBURG, ZA and HOLLYWOOD, CA — Netflix introduced its first unique African animated sequence, Mama Okay’s Group four, produced by Cape City-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and London-based children’ leisure specialist CAKE.
Mama Okay’s Group four tells the story of 4 teen women residing within the neo-futuristic African metropolis of Lusaka, Zambia who’re recruited by a retired undercover agent nonetheless dedicated to saving the world. The sequence joins Netflix’s rising slate of unique animated programming designed for teenagers and households in every single place, dropped at 190 international locations by artists from around the globe.
Mama Okay’s Group four was created by Zambian author Malenga Mulendema, considered one of eight winners within the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-African expertise search. Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it attracts visible inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip-hop lady teams.
Mulendema grew up watching cartoons on TV and located herself asking why no heroes regarded like her and why they didn’t stay in a world that felt like her personal.
“In making a superhero present set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to 4 robust African women who save the day in their very own enjoyable and loopy manner. Most significantly, I wish to illustrate that anybody from anyplace generally is a superhero,” she commented.
“Along with giving African writers a world platform on which to be heard, we’re excited to current this highly effective and entertaining new animated sequence that brings Malenga’s unimaginable and distinctive imaginative and prescient to life on Netflix,” added Melissa Cobb, vice chairman of unique animation at Netflix. “Mama Okay’s Group four has the potential to offer a complete new technology of African youngsters the chance to see themselves on-screen within the highly effective, aspirational characters they appear as much as.”
“After animating 4 multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, together with the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to convey an African capital metropolis to life on Netflix,” famous Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s improvement producer. “Feminine writers from Africa who’ve had their work produced for both TV, movie or theatre can discover out extra in regards to the Writers Lab and find out how to apply from the careers web page of our web site, www.triggerfish.com.”
CEO & inventive director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama Okay’s Group four, a uniquely empowering, however most of all enjoyable challenge, which brings a contemporary perspective to a traditional cartoon style.”